July 22, 2018
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Katahdin show choir members plead for funding

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — A half dozen members of the Unified Harmony Show Choir attended Tuesday’s AOS 66 school board meeting to present a message: Let us remain unified.

The students said they were alarmed that funding that allows East Millinocket, Medway and Woodville students to attend choir sessions at Stearns High School in Millinocket might have been cut from the proposed 2013-14 school system budget.

“Our group isn’t called Unified Harmony Show Choir for no reason,” said one student who declined to identify herself during the meeting.

She explained that the feuding that has occurred between Stearns and Schenck High School of East Millinocket is entirely absent within the show choir and associated musical efforts between the two schools.

“We’re like a family,” she said.

School officials said Wednesday that the school board had discussed and perhaps informally agreed to cut show choir funding, but that no budget decisions have been finalized. Decisions will not be finalized for several weeks.

The unified choir has been a powerhouse among state high schools for several years, winning top honors among state high school choirs for several years. This year it placed second in the District V state championships, with several students winning individual awards, Millinocket school officials said.

Board members congratulated choir members for their efforts this year.

AOS 66 Superintendent Quenten Clark did not immediately return messages left Wednesday and Millinocket Superintendent Kenneth Smith is in China developing his school system’s alliances with its franchised American high school partnerships there.

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